We all wander down the toothpaste isle at our grocery store or pharmacy and likely marvel at the choices available. We also can become overwhelmed or confused by them. So first things first. Make sure whatever toothpaste you choose comes with the seal of the American Dental Association on it. Its hard to go wrong when that seal is evident.
Then, it is pretty much up to you as to what you want or are looking for. For the most part, there probably a toothpaste in a flavor for just about everyone. That said, then, perhaps you want to further specify your purchase by considering different toothpastes that do the following:
- Antimicrobial. Antimicrobial toothpastes may contain stannous fluoride, an antibacterial agent that also provides anti-cavity and sensitivity benefits.
- Tartar control. Tartar-control toothpastes may contain sodium pyrophosphate which helps to keep tartar from forming on teeth or better yet, sodium hexametaphosphate, which helps prevent tartar and stain, above the gum line. But if you already have stubborn tartar, tartar control toothpaste won’t remove it-you’ll need a professional cleaning from your dental hygienist.
- Whitening. Whitening toothpastes contain chemical or abrasive ingredients to help remove and/or prevent stains from forming on the teeth. When used regularly, whitening toothpastes can reduce the appearance of stains and make your teeth look whiter.
Once you decide, then you simply need to follow your daily brushing routine of at least twice a day for about 2 to 3 minutes each time. Result? Healthy, clean teeth.
Oh, and don’t forget to floss!